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can a standard sized Ameraucana rooster breed with a silkie bantam?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by MrViskers, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. MrViskers

    MrViskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have 2 silkie hens they are bantams i want my Ameraucana rooster to breed with them but the size difference makes me worried, as in the Rooster cant mount the hens.
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    Yes the roo will be able to breed the Silkies. You need to keep an eye on things, to make sure that the roo is not ripping up the girls. It will not make any difference in the size of eggs that the Silkies lay.
     
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  3. MrViskers

    MrViskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But say if the offspring do develop would there be birth defects? And would the eggs fail to hatch
     
  4. CrazyCatNChickenLady

    CrazyCatNChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They wont grow bigger then the eggs allow them. I had a bantam cochin with a marans X ameraucana rooster (for a short time) and the eggs hatched out fine! My half bantam EE's lay a pretty good sized egg too.
     
  5. MrViskers

    MrViskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    one more thing. will the sperm from the Large Ameraucana rooster be fine in the egg produced by the Silkie hen
     
  6. I know this is an old thread but I had a very large Splash Roo get into my Barred Rock pen and low and these B.Rock Pulletts were still quite small. I threw the eggs into my incubator and just before the hatch date (3 days) the eggs began to crack (not pip) the chicks were huge! Of course they didn't livee because they were underdeveloped. Did you have any luck with breeding your silkies with your big roo?
     
  7. gooseville

    gooseville Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes! My white silky bantam rooster and Americauna hen had 9 cute chicks 10 days ago and they are all doing great!!
     
  8. beeryfun

    beeryfun Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there -- I would absolutely LOVE to see photos of the "half breeds" ;-) I bet they are just adorable -- if you have any.
     

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